iStock 21681892 XXLARGEIf you and your family enjoy going swimming regularly, it may be a good idea to think about protecting your ears from the effects of repeated exposure to water.

Otitis externa (also known as swimmer’s ear) is a condition that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) of the external ear canal, which is the tube between the outer ear and eardrum. It’s known as swimmer's ear as lots of exposure to water can cause:

  • ear pain, which can be severe
  • itchiness in the ear canal
  • a discharge of liquid or pus from the ear
  • some degree of temporary hearing loss

Otitis externa is relatively common, with an estimated 1 in 10 people being affected by it at some point in their lives.

Experts advise that regular swimmers, consider using ear plugs when swimming or wearing a swimming cap to cover their ears and protect them from water.

Swim plugs are a safe, effective way to protect your ears and prevent discomfort when doing an activity you enjoy.

Arlington Laboratories make custom-fit, full shell swim plugs that keep water out of the ear canal and offer protection for those prone to ear infections or other problems. Our swim plugs are available in soft silicone or floatable silicone. They're also available in a wide variety of colours and glitters, so you can customise them to your own style.

Find out more about swim plugs from Arlington Laboratories